Immigrants make up over 13.5% of the United States population. Immigrating can be a difficult journey, but it does not have to be. If immigrants want to move to the United States, they should first research the new town or city they are moving to, learn how to become an American citizen, and learn proper English. These steps will make your journey to America a lot less difficult.
America is a country with a history founded on people looking for a new start and emigrating from the old world to fulfill their dreams. Immigration is not always happiness, rags to riches, and the American dream. Major immigration periods happened from 1607, 1820-1870 and again in the early 1900’s. Immigrant numbers were growing so exponentially that the National origins Act of 1921 and 1924 was enacted to put a quota limit that blatantly discriminated against immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. Immigrants that made it in faced many hardships such as learning new languages, abandoning family, and accepting the American values.
The way immigrants are treated in America impacts their success as citizen. In addition, one of the ways a former immigrant might feel like they have become a “fully-fledged citizen” is when they feel as though they belong and are integrated into the country they’ve come to. First, an example of how discrimination affects an immigrant’s success in the United States is
Imagine you have to leave your family to go into a country you've never been in before and you don't even know the language, just to live a better live. There is a lot of obstacles immigrants face and the use many strategies to overcome them. From collection one i will use real life problems that immigrants face when they come to america and face many obstacles but have multiple strategies to overcome them. Immigrants arriving in America in search for a better life face many obstacles. For example, when immigrants enter the us they have to adapt to a new language.
When my dad told me that we were coming to the united states, I was excited but at the same time, I was mad that we were leaving some close family members behind. The people that I was mad about leaving behind were my grandfather, grandmother and my cousins. But I had to accept the fact that my education comes first and with better education comes a better life and that is all I want. Coming to America wasn 't hard at all financially because my dad was already here since he was a teen.
Very few, if any, immigrants have the opportunity or time to learn English before they immigrate to the U.S. This barrier makes it almost impossible to warn and aid them. Although the Border Patrol and humanitarian groups attempt to warn immigrants about human smugglers, the signs are written in English. In addition to indecipherable signs, the language border hinders an immigrant’s ability to survive in American society. In almost every community, English is the written and spoken language.
It has specific requirements that many undocumented immigrants cannot meet. The most difficult requirement for undocumented immigrants to bypass to be considered for citizenship is that one must be a legal permanent resident (green card holder) for at least five years. There are only three ways to become a legal permanent resident: be admitted as a refugee, be sponsored by an eligible employer, or be sponsored by a close family member such as one’s parents or children. Undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States since they were children cannot be admitted as refugees, many of their employers do not offer sponsorships, nor do many have close family members that can sponsor them. In the case that they can be sponsored by an employer or family member, undocumented immigrants can wait up to a decade or two before their application is even considered.
One of the main reasons most of immigrants do not seek citizenship is that the cost of applying to become a citizen is very expensive, which they cannot afford. Whether you are documented or undocumented immigration, you still have to pay for processing your application to obtain citizenship. Immigrants has to have a legal permanent residency in order to qualify to apply for citizenship and even if they are legal permanent resident, the application fees become barrier from being citizen. The cost of citizenship is so expensive for applicants because the immigration is not funded by government. Paul McDaniel, who wrote the article “The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants” argues “the cost of citizenship has become a systemic
The land of the free and the home of the brave, America is the dream for people everywhere. A place to make a name for yourself, where the unthinkable is achievable. Immigrants from all over the world travel days, weeks, and months to be greeted by Lady Liberty and create a better life for themselves. In particular, immigrants from Europe save every penny they have to afford the trip to America. They leave their family, friends, and the comfort of their home to explore the unknown and diversity of America. To them. America was the Mount Olympus of the world.
Very few, if any, immigrants have the chance to learn English before traveling to the U.S. Because of this barrier, it is nearly impossible for organizations such as the Border Patrol to warn, aid, and communicate with them as they travel to the U.S. Although there are helpful signs along the border, they are written in English and are therefore indecipherable. Furthermore, the language border hinders an immigrant’s ability to survive in American society once they arrive. English is the written and spoken language in almost every city, thwarting immigrants’ opportunity to find jobs and interact with others. As they struggle to communicate, they become ostracized and do not fit in.
Since they arrive they’re forced to jump through the hoops of the United States Government knowing any sort of lapse in judgement could result in them being forced to leave the country. In my own experience immigrants are the most hardworking people in this country, for instance my old supervisor worked two full time labor intensive jobs to support his family. Not many people could handle that much work, but he can among many others due to knowing that that sort of opportunity exists here. Most immigrants don’t leave their home country because they hate it; they leave because they want a brighter future for themselves. Whether that’s from pursuing education or working hard day in and day out, immigrants bust their asses in order to live here.
How would you feel if you and your family were denied the opportunity to a better life or had to wait years for one? The immigrants goal is to strive for a better future for themselves and their family. Coming here will help them achieve that goal. You may be thinking why cant they have a good future where they live? In some cases, the country they live in could be poor, not have many schools, is not safe, etc.
Finally, another very big barrier is the fact that refugees usually can only get low-income jobs and, therefore, their families have very limited financial resources, which makes life in America very challenging -- because everything costs money! Feeling “different” is also a pretty big barrier for refugees, especially children going
However, this path was not as smooth as I thought. The reality is that life for immigrants like me is very tough and full of challenges. I faced educational and financial challenges in the USA, especially the first six months with sudden changes. However, these barriers affected my personal character by making me a hardworking, mature and manageable person.